Bay Area Viewers Hope to Catch Sight of Tonight’s Total Lunar Ecplise

April 14, 2014 16:00 pm · 13 comments

Bay Area stargazers are in for a late-night treat tonight when the moon passes behind the Earth’s shadow and leads to a total lunar eclipse.

Tonight’s celestial event is the first eclipse of the year and is sometimes called a “blood moon” because of the red appearance of the moon’s surface when the moon is completely covered by the Earth’s shadow.

The moon will not disappear because sunlight will filter through the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere and reach the moon’s surface, similar to the effect during the sunset or sunrise.

Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center staff astronomer Ben Burress said the moon will darken and turn a “rusty orange, red or coppery” color.

This natural phenomenon will occur around midnight in the Bay Area when the sun, Earth and a full moon are in line.

The partial eclipse should be visible just before 11 p.m., while the best viewing time will be around 12:45 a.m. The total eclipse will end around 1:25 a.m.

In the Bay Area, if clear skies prevail, viewers can look up or go to various viewing events to see the eclipse.

At the Chabot Space and Science Center in the Oakland hills, a lunar viewing party will start at 9 p.m., in time for the official start of the eclipse at 9:53 p.m.

“Anyone who can view the full moon tonight can see the eclipse,” Burress said.

He recommended using binoculars to enhance the view.

However, the “disappearing” moon will not be visible until later.

Chabot’s observation deck, located at 10000 Skyline Blvd., will stay open for the late-night event. Staff astronomers and other specialists will be available to explain the eclipse and large telescopes will make for better lunar viewing.

Footage of the moon will also be streamed on the center’s website at http://www.chabotspace.org/nellieCam.htm.

Viewing the eclipse might be difficult in the cloudy Bay Area, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Bell.

Bell recommended going to higher elevations to catch the sight, such as the East and North Bay hills.

Those in San Francisco and nearby cities should head eastward. He said areas out past Antioch and eastern Contra Costa County should have better visibility.

“If you are in the city, conditions don’t look good for most of the week,” Bell said.

NASA will provide online coverage of the eclipse at www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

1 aj buttacavoli April 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I feel eclipsed already.

2 VikingPrincess April 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Apparently to some this is considered the Blood Moon. It is considered a sign of things to change. But to others per some Christian beliefs it represents a certain type of change.

Surprised no doomsday comments or climax to this date.

As for me….I like to think it is a good sign of things to get better. We need it ;)
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Moon_Prophecy

3 Dorothy April 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Change or not, it’s exciting to watch. Light clouds out there now, just hope I can see it tonight.

4 PeganPrincess April 14, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Oh good Lord!

5 Rose April 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

The eclipse is a sight to see. The overshadowing of the light of the moon as false royalty. This doesn’t happen often as most already know, but be warned this is also the witches moon, if you believe in such things.

6 Shasta Daisy April 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I’ll be out there tonite.
Wouldn’t miss it.

The best things in life are free.

7 Rebel April 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Its not going to be a great night for pictures. The haze is way too thick to make out any details.

8 ChampagneKitty April 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I have NASA’s U-stream link up on my laptop!

http://www.nasa.gov

9 The Realist April 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

There are nutbags that believe this is the first horsemen of the apocalypse??
(The tetrad of eclipses representing the four.)
Put away your leeches and trepanning instruments…
IT’S THE ****IN’ 21st CENTURY!!!

10 ChampagneKitty April 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

The moon is slowly d-i-s-a-p-p-e-a-r-i-n-g…

11 VikingPrincess April 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM

@the realist #9

Yes, it is interpreted as the sign of “things to come” or the second coming. Signified by the first lunar eclipse of the year followed by six full moons and then wrapped up by another Lunar Eclipse. In this case it is October 8, 2014. Can still be slightly seen by US..America. but better seen near Philippines. Ironically if you qant to get Kabbalistic, both dates add up to the number 7 too. LOL.
4+1+4+2+0+1+4= 16= 1+6= 7
1+0+8+2+0+1+4= 16 = …..7
Oooo. LOL.
Either way .. lovely moon and interesting lore

12 VikingPrincess April 15, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Hey…look at it this way
Number seven is the symbol of “completion” in Christianity. It is the symbol of “perfection” in Hebrew/Kabbalah.

It is also the name of our favorite Scandinavian character in one of the Star Trek “Seven” of Nine. And we know she was all about perfection. Don’t think the writers naming her Seven was coincidence ;)

So I think if anyone wants to find any esoteric meaning to the period of time leading up to October 8th…its all good.
Completeness ;)

13 Dr. Jellyfinger® April 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Seagram’s 7

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